We create alternative and functioning shared narratives of East-West EU cohesion. The perceived East-West value divide fuels populism and threatens EU unity. In response, we build an arena for in-depth reflection on the roots and nuances of perceived East-West differences. We engage regular citizens and community champions from diverse backgrounds in a guided storytelling process, to overcome the impasse from a narrative standpoint, and to provide a common value roadmap for pro-EU stakeholders.
Berlin; Sibiu, Romania - in parallel to the Sibiu EU Summit, under the 2019 Romanian presidency
The project will create original narratives products reflecting participants’ perceptions and cross-regional experiences, as inspiration and evidence for decision makers and other actors looking for answers regarding the future of the troubled East-West relation in Europe.
The project aims to unblock the current narrative of “divide” in East-West relations and trigger the awareness of a wider public for the everyday protagonists of the East-West dynamic, showing what regular citizens need and think, beyond the more often showcased positions of their governments.
We address East-West differences head on and at eye-level dialogue, taking the debate beyond governments and into the realm of everyday citizens, with: 1)a blog series showcasing experiences of living, learning and working in both East and West EU (e.g. mixed East-West families), and contributions of selected out-of-the box thinkers; 2) storytelling lab on alternative narrative frames and content for East-West cohesion, with selected stakeholders, 3) publicized through pan-EU media partnerships.
Building on our personal East-West backgrounds, we acknowledge the need and potential of enabling East-West “regional translation” skills on a wider level, to facilitate more genuine exchange between EU citizens East-West, to effectively fight misperceptions and enable new common narratives.
We trigger and guide the most innovative local thinkers and pro-EU champions in East and West EU to offer alternative answers to EU audiences interested in but possibly hesitant about East-West integration.